A message from Richard White on his first Sunday with us!
My name is Richard and I’m the new Team Rector down at St Michaels. As I’m preaching this Sunday with you Robert suggested I might write something for your notice sheet and website. So here are some musings: 1 Peter 5:3 (The Passion Translation) ‘Don’t be controlling tyrants but lead others by your beautiful examples to the flock.’ What does it look like to lead not by directing people or wielding power over them, but by living as a beautiful example? For Peter to have written this, he must surely have witnessed it in the life of the Great Shepherd King, Jesus himself. Jesus had a strategy for filling the whole earth with the glory of God, and it was through imitation. Living a life worth imitating is at the heart of Jesus’ discipling culture: followers of Jesus modelling the life of Jesus to others. Jesus models to us the kind of relationship we are to have with each other in the church. It’s a ripple affect. Paul called the Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ (1 Cor 11:1), not as a overbearing dictator, but as a spiritual father. This leads to two key questions we need to ask ourselves regularly as imitators of Christ: 1. Who is pouring into you? 2. Who are you pouring into?